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Ed Reed’s fine exposes more Goodell inconsistencies

Street Talk Ed Reed’s fine exposes more Goodell inconsistencies

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5+ Comments Jerry B says The integrity of the game of football is being systematically destroyed by a league office that lacks integrity! It is physically impossible to hit someone "sh
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Ed Reed has once again been fined by the NFL “suits” who cozy up in the league offices. And, once again, it’s an absolute crock.

When Reed files his taxes for 2012, he’ll see plenty of additional write-offs to his taxable income for “charitable contributions,” because according to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, Reed has been fined $55,000 for his “helmet-to-helmet” hit on Giants’ wide receiver Victor Cruz.

In case you weren’t aware, all NFL fine money goes to various charities, thus allowing players to deduct it from their taxable income. While charitable contributions are great, I’m sure Reed and other NFL players would rather make them voluntarily versus being forced to essentially from doing their job and PLAYING FOOTBALL.

Whether it’s NFL commissioner Roger Goodell or someone else who decided to fine Reed, apparently they forgot that their frequent offender of “helmet-to-helmet” hits is the same guy who has a serious neck problem that almost ended his career.

Common sense would tell you that someone who is closer to paralysis from a routine hit than most players in the league will probably not be leading with his helmet on purpose.

Maybe the commish forgot that.

Sure, Reed’s helmet accidentally grazed the side of Cruz’s. However, it was clearly evident that Reed led with his shoulder and placed it square into the receiver’s chest – which is 100% legal. During a football game, heads will bump which is now good enough to draw a 15-yard penalty.

How much longer until referees penalize lineman for bumping heads as they come out of their three-point stance? Ridiculous? Yes. Realistic? Absolutely, within a few seasons.

This is essentially what Reed was guilty of last Sunday.

When Reed won his appeal three weeks ago after originally being suspended for a game and docked a pay check ($423,000), the league decided that the punishment was too harsh for a “frequent offender” within the three-year predetermined window. It also made the league look like idiots because they basically admitted their guidelines were flawed.

Instead of an unpaid suspension, Reed was given a warning and fined $50,000. Now, after Sunday’s game, Reed has been charged with the same crime (on much weaker hit) but the NFL once again has decided not to suspend him.

If the people with offices at 345 Park Avenue want to stop looking like clowns, they must set clear rules, establish a precedence, and stick to it.

It’s no secret that all of the leagues safety initiatives come from their pending lawsuits from former players with concussions. The league clearly has made a statement that they will try to protect current players from helmet-to-helmet collisions but with the way they’ve treated Reed, they’ve shown that they’re coming closer to banning high impact hits as well.

Not suspending Reed for this week after receiving a warning a few weeks prior absolutely shows that the league is inconsistent in their rulings and clearly has lost control of the line they drew in the sand when it came to player safety.

Goodell is despised in NFL locker rooms by an overwhelming majority of the players – can you blame them? If you need further proof, wait until a poll is revealed in a few weeks with 500 NFL players and their approval rating of the commissioner. I spoke with the person conducting the poll – and it’s not pretty.

The lack of consistency, rhyme or reason for Goodell’s actions have turned the league into exactly what Reed said it was a few weeks ago – “powder puff.”

Simply put, Reed has been made the poster child in evolution of the new era of football where all major hits – not just helmet-to-helmet – will now be penalized. If a consistent system was in place, shouldn’t Reed have been suspended for violating the same rule that he was just let off the hook for (not that it’s justifiable – I’m just grasping at straws for ANY semblance of consistency)?

The NFL is changing. Goodell will give London a franchise, he’ll expand the season to 18 games and dilute the product and even eliminate kickoffs and roles of important players like Jacoby Jones.

It’s all about “player saftey” and money

When players are fined for playing the game of football the way they were taught, there is no turning back. It’s the world we live in today and it’s the what today’s children will grow up to watch. Often we tend to make fun of those that say, “back when I watched football…” but that’s becoming the case now for even the youngest generation of fans.

Unfortunately, unless stadiums are empty and people don’t tune in via television, nothing will change. Last time I checked, most of us still plan on tuning in to watch the next Ravens game.


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Kris Jones

About Kris Jones

Kris - or "Goob" as he's widely known - has turned an obsession into a career. As a media member by day and super fan by night, he reports from the Under Armour Performance Center twice per week and brings Ravens news from a fan's perspective. His popular YouTube series Goobvision propelled his career and notoriety amongst Ravens fans, even helping him win the 2010 nationwide DIRECTV Ultimate Displaced Fan contest. He's been featured on shows such as The Jim Rome Show, ProFootballTalk Live, The Sirius XM Blitz with Rich Gannon and Adam Schein, Sirius XM's MadDog Radio, The Michael Irvin Show, Tony Bruno Show, Two Live Stews and to name a few (or is that a lot?). He's caught a touchdown pass from Warren Moon during a flag football game and hates the Pittsburgh Steelers more than anyone else on the face of the earth. Twitter: RavenManiac  More from Kris Jones
Jerry B
Jerry B

The integrity of the game of football is being systematically destroyed by a league office that lacks integrity! It is physically impossible to hit someone "shoulder-to-shoulder" as Ed Reed did to Victor Cruz, without it involving the head and neck areas because they are......CONNECTED! ALL of this nonsense is due to the league's paranoia NOT about injuries, but about.......LIABILITY! Shame on the league and the owners who condone their behavior! As a philosopher once noted, "Who the Gods would destroy, they first make drunk with power!" We may be witnessing the beginning of the end of America's current favorite pastime.........

Rumor Ray
Rumor Ray

Goob, Another Great read. And I felt that it would be good to copy my post to this one as well: It is sad that the Refs keep hitting Ed Reed with the Personal Foul calls when he makes legal stops. The true story is the total lack of support from the NFL when a Bad Call is made that results in a 1st down or worst a score. The fact that the NFL still fined Reed $55,000 for what is a clean hit further frustrates me as a Fan of the Game. The Refs need to be held accountable for blown calls and not the players. Another case of the NFL backing the Refs by fining a player to make it look like the Refs are making solid calls. I still say “Flock The Refs”!

Voice of Reason
Voice of Reason

It's pretty bad that it's gotten to the point where after every dynamic play that is made (interception, touch down, kick off return for a touch down), the announcers and viewers knew to hold their breath for 10-20 seconds until it's confirmed that there's no flag re-writing history and calling a mulligan on the play (and some times even then, the refs throw a late flag for some little thing). Maybe if Goodell realized that diehard and casual fans alike aren't thrilled with having exciting plays routinely called back for little things, he might do something about it.

joseph puffinberger
joseph puffinberger

I see exactly what kris jones is saying and the high to it all is that there has been alot more of a pick who were going to pick on from roger goodell, if this was such a strict penalty then i know a person playing for the steelers last name known as harrison who has been in this situation several times. and what we have is a playing field full of sissies that cry know when there team is losing then a ref says OK we will give a stupid 15 yard penalty for this conduct. Goodell has always been a sad form for the NFL because he is not the chief he is the yes man in todays rigged football scheme. to sum it up goodell likes to see RAVENS fines because he knows it brings the team down because when they are playing good know one can stop them. but when you through fines out there what player really wants to lose the money they earn for playing the game . Goddell get a life and stop being the yes man.

Mike Lurz
Mike Lurz

Goodell has already shown that he says one thing and means another. Need proof, look atthe fact that Pac Man Jones continues to play in the NFL.


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